Prospects / Minors

The results of this year's minor league fan poll are now in. Forty-five players were nominated and a total of 126 votes were cast. In the end, right-handed pitchers Trey McNutt and Hayden Simpson, along with outfielder Matt Szczur tied with nine votes apiece.

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CUBS DRAFT THREAD!

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Hey guys as you know tomarrows the draft and i thought id make a quick write up so we can all have somewhere to post about the Draft!

Im hoping we draft another college player, way safer than HS

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Winter Ball Stats Update

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Yesterday I posted the rosters, so I thought you might be interested in how the guys are doing:
Andres Blanco: .217 AVG, 3 RBI in 5 Games
Matt Camp: .344 AVG, 5 RBI, 7 Games
Welington Castillo: .286 AVG, HR, 2 RBI, 2 Games
Starlin Castro: .500 AVG, 3 RBI, 4 Games
Robinson Chirinos: .375 AVG, 5 Games
Marwin Gonzalez: .500 AVG, 3 Games
Jonathan Mota: .364 AVG, 1 RBI, 4 Games
Nelson Perez: 2-4, 1 Game
Brad Snyder: .368 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 7 Games
Josh Vitters: .455 AVG, 3 Games

Pitchers:
Andrews Cashner: 1 Game- 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H
John Gaub: 2 Games- 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H
J.R. Mathes: 2 Games- 9.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER
Blake Parker: 2 Games- 2 IP, 1 SV, 3 H, 0 R
James Russell: 2 Games- 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R
Jeff Samardzjia: 2 Games- 10 IP, 9 H, 2 R
Brian Schlitter: 5 Games- 4.1 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 6 H

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Cubs in Winter Ball

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The list of Cubs playing in Winter Leagues

Arizona Fall League - Mesa Solar Sox
Andrew Cashner - P
John Gaub - P
Blake Parker - P
James Russell - P
Welington Castillo - C
Starlin Castro - SS
Josh Vitters - 3B

Mexican Winter League - Mexicali
Bobby Dickerson - Cubs minor league manager, manager of Mexicali
Jeff Samardzija - P
Brian Schlitter - P
Matt Camp - CF
Brad Snyder - RF

Venezuelan Winter League
J.R. Mathes - Caracas, Pitcher
Marwin Gonzalez - Caracas, Short Stop
Robert Hernandez - Magallanes, Pitcher
Robinson Chirinos - Magallanes, Catcher
Luis Rivas - Magallanes, Short Stop
Andres Blanc o- Magallanes, Infield
Leopoldo Sanchez - Lara, 3B
Jhon Rodrigez - Margarita, Pitcher
Jonathan Mota - Aragua, SS
Eduardo Figueroa - Caribes, Pitcher
Carlos E. Rojas - Caribes, Pitcher
Jose Guevara - Caribes, Catcher
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AA All Stars

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The Southern League has announced their All Star Teams!

This year's game will be played in Birmingham, home of the White Sox AAA club the Barons.

The Cubs organization will be well represented in this game, 6 Tennessee Smokies have made the club. Here they are:
1B Blake Lailli
SS Darwin Barney
OF James Adduci
P Casey Coleman
P Jay Jackson
P Brian Schlitter

The game is on Monday, July 13, the same night as the MLB HR Derby.

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The Cubs chose Brett Jackson with their first round pick in today's draft. I tried to copy and paste the scouting report here, but it doesn't work that well. You can head over to www.youngcubsworld.com to check it out if you like. Not a home run of a pick and I was hoping Pollock would drop to us (taken 17th by the Diamondbacks), but Jackson has athleticism and that is something that you can't teach.

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The Cubs plan to call up Jeff Samardzija from Iowa on Thursday to join the bullpen. There is no word on what corresponding move will be made to make room for him in the pen, but it was speculated that Luis Vizcaino could be released. Samardzija is coming off one of his best starts as a professional after he went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs on 1 hit. As a whole he has been dominant in Triple-A holding hitters to a .154 AVG and striking out 11 in 12 innings pitched.

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I've been a Chicago Cubs fan since I was little so naturally when I stumbled across "Chicago Cubs Online" I was an instant fan. I am a baseball columnist and have written for numerous sites including my blog "The Diamond Cutter" (http://diamondcutter.wordpress.com/) where I have covered Major League Baseball and it's prospects.

Earlier this winter I started my annual coverage of the top five prospects from each organization. I wanted to share my Cubs list with the community to see how you feel its stacks up. I have received input from the baseball world and would now like some discussion from true Cubs fans. Who do you think are the top prospects?

1.) Josh Vitters Position: Third Base | 2008 Rank: #1 Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 195

Scouting Report: Vitters was the best high school hitter to come out of the 2007 draft. What makes him so special at the pl ...

Minor League Free Agents
Baseball America ran a list of the players that were declared minor league free agents last week. Here was the list of Cubs:

RHP: Mike Burns (AAA), Hector Carrasco (AAA), Adam Harben (AAA), Billy Petrick (AAA)
LHP: Carmen Pignatiello (AAA), Jason Stanford (AAA)
1B: Matt Craig (AAA)
2B: Robinson Chirinos (Hi A), Bobby Scales (AAA)
SS: Andres Blanco (AAA), Luis Figueroa (AAA)
OF: Doug Deeds (AA), Jason Dubois (AAA), Josh Kroeger (AAA), Andres Torres (AAA)

*of these prospects, I'd like to see the Cubs re-sign Petrick, Craig, Deeds, Dubois, and Torres.
***in my opinion, Kroeger should be added to the 40-man ASAP

Baseball America Releases Top 11 Prospects List
1. Josh Vitters, 3B ****WHAT?!?! Dude hasn't even made it through half a season in
low-A ball
2. Jeff Samardzija, RHP ****shouldn't be listed, he's already with us
3. Jose Ceda, RHP ****high walks, but excell ...